Barbour ABI Community: An Interview With… Matt Grove, Geographic Data Scientist
8th September 2020
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We want to give you a deeper understanding of what goes on behind the scenes at Barbour ABI to result in you receiving the best construction intelligence in the business.
Geographic Data Scientist, Matt Grove joins us this month. His title may sound niche, but Matt is vital in everything from our recent Smart Map campaigns, to the creation of the new Barbour ABI customer platform. Matt explains the unique benefits that his role brings to clients, and how he sees Barbour expanding our use of visual technology in the future.
Broadly, my role can be split into three key areas:
Absolutely. We’ve seen lots more companies become interested in spatial data in the last few years. We had small visual maps in the past on Evolution, but now it’s grown to become a focal point of the new Barbour ABI platform. All new projects now have some sort of spatial reference, so it came more into the forefront of the product.
As well as being a great benefit to our traditional platform, It’s also opened us up to providing services to those who want something more specialised from our data.
“When you can see the data, it changes things. When you visualise the data in a map or a dashboard it becomes more accessible”
We’ll sit down as a team with the client and have have a conversation to figure out exactly what they need from our data that is outside of our standard package.
Often, the data they want will already be hiding within our information, it’s just about tailoring and manipulating the data in a new way to bring out what they need from it. Some people want to see incredibly specific location data, which takes a greater level of refinement than what we ordinarily do, but once we figure out together what the client needs, we can accommodate them.
When I first started at Barbour ABI, I would only design maps, but now I both fully design and build them myself. Barbour’s trust in me, along with investment in the technology and the recognition of how it benefits customers, has made this leap possible.
There’s so many exciting avenues that we can go further down in terms of web development. We want to make the data more accessible and intuitive to use all the time.
We are beginning to create dashboards and interactive features, which we want to expand further into. The more dynamic and interactive that we can make our data for our customers, the better it will be. We want to build frameworks that will mean we can produce bespoke visuals quickly once we’ve got the initial frames created.
“Being able to create these frameworks in-house strengthens relationships and trust between ourselves and customers”